Alice Top in Batiste

Alice Top in Batiste (Leah Duncan fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

A few weeks (possibly months? Dunno. Time doesn’t make sense anymore.)…whatever, let’s say “a while back” to be safe. The point is, I stopped in at Cloud 9 Fabrics to drop off some sample products I had sewn for them and Michelle was wearing an amazing Alice Top in batiste fabric. We got talking about it and pretty soon I needed to make one too.  It looked so good on her and I couldn’t resist the simple but unusual design of this low-key top.

Alice Top in Batiste (Leah Duncan fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

Actually, I made two. This one in Cenote from the Yucca line, designed by Leah Duncan and is the second attempt. It’s definitely my favorite of the two. Isn’t the design of this fabric just perfect?  I’m so often hunting for fabric that is not floral but is simple and still interesting.  It’s a tall order but this fabric nails it. It’s perfect under a cardigan alongside some denim. Also it’s a soft, flow-y batiste fabric, which makes it similar to a cotton lawn with a light weight and a soft hand but opaque. It’s got the feel of handkerchief fabric.  So lovely. I’m in awe of Leah Duncan’s ability to pull together pink, kelly green, black and orange without having anything overpower the other. She is such a talent.

Alice Top in Batiste (Leah Duncan fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

Alice Top in Batiste (Leah Duncan fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

Michelle did warn me that the pattern has some quirks. She recommended sizing down and I was reluctant.  I’m usually a solid M or L but I cut a S and it fits great.  So, heed the warnings and definitely size down. For my second attempt, I also cut off four inches at the hem to shorten it.  A drastic change but I love it with a longer tank top.  As you can see even with four inches chopped off it still isn’t a crop top, the hem hits at a standard length.

Alice Top in Batiste (Elizabeth Olwen fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

My first attempt was in Morning Song by Elizabeth Owen, this print is called Breezy Floral Blue, which is also a Cloud 9 print. And even though it’s a floral, it’s such a nontraditional floral that it avoids being a saccharin sweet floral.  I stitch this one up as a S but without cutting off any length. I also placed the fabric upside down.  It was sort of an accident but I do like it…reminds me of when I lived in Seattle and a massive wind blew all the cherry blossoms off the trees and everyone was standing around flabbergasted and all the cars were covered in blossoms. Such a great memory.

Alice Top in Batiste (Elizabeth Olwen fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

You can see just how long it is and frankly, while I like it, it reminds me of a maternity top. Considering how deep the pregnancy phase is buried in my psyche, I am not interested in re-living it, even sartorially. BUT, if you are pregnant, I think you could bust out an Alice Top and show off your adorable baby bump. Alice Top in Batiste (Elizabeth Olwen fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

Alice Top in Batiste (Elizabeth Olwen fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

I will probably get around to cropping this top as well, just so that it gets worn more often. P.S. I’m wearing my tank dress under this top.

One more tidbit of nitty gritty, as I sew together more and more of my wardrobe I continue to pay special attention to how I finish my seams.  If I am going to wear something again and again and ostensibly wash it, I do not want to deal with crazy fabric fraying and leaving threads all over.  For these Alice Tops, I sewed with french seams as I almost always do these days.  I also fully enclosed all the seams of the front and back yoke so it is fully lined at the top.  Here is how it looks on the inside:

Alice Top in Batiste (the view from inside) :: A Happy Stitch

Alice Top in Batiste (the view from inside) :: A Happy Stitch

I decided to line each yoke with a light-colored fabric so the pattern didn’t show through on the right side of the top and even highlighted the pattern a bit. I love when it looks pretty on the inside, too.

10 Comments on Alice Top in Batiste

  1. Daniela D
    March 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm (3 months ago)

    Lovely, as always! I love the shorter length as well.

    Reply
    • administrator
      March 6, 2017 at 3:49 pm (3 months ago)

      Aw, thank you!

      Reply
  2. replicatethendeviate
    March 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm (3 months ago)

    Both are so lovely!! I feel the same way about possible maternity wear!

    Reply
    • Melissa Q.
      March 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm (3 months ago)

      It’s mildly traumatizing, right?!

      Reply
  3. Lynsey Jane
    March 7, 2017 at 3:11 am (3 months ago)

    Both are lovely, super fabrics but I agree, the shorter length is more flattering.

    Reply
  4. Jenya
    March 7, 2017 at 6:22 am (3 months ago)

    Love your tops, inside and out. i have this pattern ready to sew… again. I love it. it does not remind me of a maternity top, even though I made the first two while I was pregnant!

    Reply
    • Melissa Q.
      March 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm (3 months ago)

      That’s good to hear! Maybe after I wear it a while it won’t feel maternity to me?

      Reply
  5. suz
    March 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm (3 months ago)

    Such pretty tops. I have this pattern but have never sewn it up!

    Reply
    • Melissa Q.
      March 10, 2017 at 8:48 am (3 months ago)

      Oh, I would love to see what you could make with this pattern!

      Reply

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